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The Farm: The Story of One Family and The English Countryside

by Richard Benson - £9.99  Penguin Books (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780141012940 | ISBN 10: 0141012943

After two hundred years of farming in Yorkshire, the Benson family were forced to sell up. They found - like so many other farmers - that big business was wiping out a way of life they had known for generations.
Farming had not come naturally to Richard Benson - he had fled to London long ago. But when he returned to help, he found himself caught up in memories of his childhood in the countryside. Recalling a lost world of pigs digging up the neighbour's lawn, love affairs among haystacks and men who wrestled bulls to prove a point, he tells of the changing English landscape, of the people affected - and of how his family adapt to a new life after being forced to give up their birthright.

"Warm-hearted, funny and sad, a treat to read. [For] anyone who yearns for a story of ordinary, dignified people coming to terms with loss in a changing world."
(Literary Review)

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